Posts Tagged ‘charging’

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Free, Ad-Supported, Electric Charging at Serramonte – THE MALL HAS IT ALL

Monday, September 11th, 2017

I guess the ad is what’s new here – I’ve never seen this:

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Serramonte Center is your prototypical mall. It’s undergoing an urbanist-inspired makeover that makes it an even less attractive place to go to. I’ll tell you, I’m not going to go there and then complain about going there on a regular basis, it’s just that my special lady friend had something delivered to the fucking mall (like why would you want to go there?) instead of to herself, by mistake, and of course it wasn’t her mistake. But what can you do? So you drive on down there and there are zero parking spaces and all this, as I said, urbanist-type crap (huge sidewalks, aesthetic plantings what take up a lot of room) that they are constructing. There’s no place to park as they are making new multilevel structures and there’s no real place to drop people off close to the stores. It’s a hybrid of old and new, and it’s not looking good. And of course even after they finish it’s still not going to be good.

JMO.

“Electric Trees” COMING SOON to 200 Rose Alley: “Solar and EV Charging” for Renters in Multi-tenant Buildings – The Nitty Gritty

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

I don’t know what to call this part of the Western Addition anymore. Anyway, here’s your notice that things are afoot:

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And here’s the nitty gritty from ElectricTrees.

What’s that you say, your electric steed has a ludicrous mode / concomitant large battery? Well, you’re going to have to pay more, pal:

Charging services are offered to subscribers based on the type of vehicle they own and its battery size. The service allows unlimited charging sessions and provides the fastest speed of charging for the subscriber’s registered vehicle. Once a vehicle is finished charging, a notification is sent via phone to the driver. The driver then has 15 minutes to move their vehicle before a parking fee is initiated that increases each hour the car remains in the parking space for a maximum of 4 hours. If the vehicle is still connected or the charging session ends after midnight there is a flat fee to stay in the space until 7 a.m. when the vehicle must be moved.

This could be your future if you don’t have a suburban-style garage / charger set up…

Trendy Juice Bar, Marin County, USA

Monday, November 28th, 2016

As seen in an apartment building:

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I suppose this is better than nothing, but you prolly oughta have a garage afore you go all-electric, and many people don’t have garages in the bay area, of course. Anyway, this is better than nothing I suppose…

Phuket Thai Restaurant Opens Up Its Bathrooms to the General Public – They Charge Just $2 Each Time You Go

Monday, October 21st, 2013

See?

Undercapitalized Electric Car Owner Strings an Extension Cord Across the Sidewalk on a Routine Basis

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Now I can see doing this kind of thing late at night when you’re in a jam, but this shouldn’t be a routine, daily thing, right?

Off-brand electric car, looooong extension cord, garage – Western Addition, USA:

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I cry foul.

Corvid vs. Raptor High Above the Now-Moribund Strybing Arboretum (San Francisco Botanical Garden) in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This shot of a crow hassling a red tailed hawk was taken before the boycott of San Francisco Botanical Garden, before the arrival of the paywall manned by minimum-wage workers.

Circling too close to the crow’s nest, Children’s Garden, near MLK Drive:

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They said they’d kill the fee if it didn’t work out. It didn’t work out but I don’t think that they’ll ever kill the fee. Oh well.

On some days, the fees generated by the paywall don’t even cover the cost of paying the non-union workers minimum wage to collect the fees.

Of course our Rec and Park considers the paywall a “great success.” Oh well.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Still Looks Like a Ghost Town Even on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

See?

The (formerly) Great Lawn aka Main Entrance Lawn or Main Lawn, formerly the home of lazy sunbathers:

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Oh well.

Is it too soon to say that the charging-for-admissions policy is a big flop?

Just asking.

Bro.

Oh Noes! Is Costco Planning on Removing Its Electric Car Charging Stations Instead of Upgrading Them?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Well, I’ll tell you, I was worried about Costco’s unused electric charging stations last year, and now it looks like America’s favorite big box has given up on them, electing not to upgrade to this year’s flavor-of-the-month charging system, the au current J1772. (The chargers Costco installed in their parking lots back in The Aughts looked like they were from an electric car museum, covered so much with detritus and spider webs and whatnot they were.)

Anyway, electric car and plug-in hybrid drivers be pissed, you know, they’re saying, Who Killed the Electric Car Charging Stations?

But you know, if you live in the 415, your new Nissan Leaf all-electric car should be able to make it home anywho.

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Let’s ask, “Why would an electric car pioneer like Costco just give up now?” (They must have a rationale or two…)

This is quite a change from the heady days of 2006. Indeed, Costco has been offering electric chargers of some sort since the 1990’s:

“Costco offers 90 charging stations at 64 locations. Most of the stations are in California, with a handful in Arizona, New York and Georgia…The process couldn’t be simpler. Members park in reserved spaces, attach special paddles and head into the warehouse. By the time their shopping is done, their car should be, too.”

Now, some are saying that Costco is looking into / reviewing this issue, so who knows what will happen.

All right, here’s a bit from 2008 to show you what things looked like at San Francisco’s SoMA Costco back then:

“Whether your ride swings AC or DC, whether it needs MagneCharge or Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) “brand” electricity, Costo has got you covered. Shop at the store and buy a $1.50 hot dog and a Coke, all while recharging.

The future is now:

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The future hasn’t looked this bright for battery-electric vehicles (BEV) since 1895.”

It Begins: The Era of the Electric Car is Here on the Streets of San Francisco – Mind That Sidewalk Extension Cord

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I’ll tell you, the value of a garage these days in the Greater Western Addition / NoPA is far greater than the value of any battery electric vehicle (BEV) you could imagine.

So that’s why you’ll soon be seeing more of this:

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(Now, it’s not widely known, but if you want to buy an electric car like a Nissan Leaf, you need to have your charging area approved first and that means that Nissan tells the local authorities and PG&E that you have an electric car. Anyway, no charging station, no car, I think.)

But there’s nothing stopping you from lending a hand (or a cord) to anybody who needs some juice.

Well, nothing so far.

I don’t think the militant pedestrian groups around town are going to like seeing this kind of sitch, but that’s just a guess.

Will San Francisco make special legislation about sidewalk extension cords, you know, to clear things up?

Stay tuned…

The Forgotten Electric Vehicle Charging Stations of Costco #144 – Is This Rig Too New, or Too Old Already?

Friday, December 24th, 2010

This charging station has been at the Costco in SoMA for a good long time, but nobody’s ever used it.

Maybe it’s obsolete already, what with the new chargers that are coming out these days.

Oh well.